Like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo requires specific vineyard management ie. crop and leaf thinning. Even so, the wines are only mid-density in colour and weight. Hand plunged in small open fermenters and then given 7 months in older barriques.
Brokenwood winemakers and crew don’t need too much
encouragement to taste a range of world wine styles and one of
our favourite countries is Italy. Nebbiolo is the principle grape
variety of the Piedmonte region in NW Italy and responsible for
the wines of Barolo.
A very cold and wet winter of 2015 meant a late budburst, however set the vines up for a great spring. A warm summer did mean irrigation was necessary and picking was very condensed. The last grapes off were nearly a month ahead of previous years, but this worked in our favour as there was a heat wave in early March. Overall, an excellent vintage.
Pasta, quail, or go for the regional food of Barolo, carpaccio & truffle.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.